A very short but interesting e-mail arrived in the inbox on 2 January:-
I heard Rip It Up in a Starbucks of all places this weekend and now they just played it on KCRW. What the what? I live in California. no one here has EVER heard of Orange Juice. I mean it’s cool and all, but I’m scratching my head.
I’ve absolutely no idea why Edwyn & co’s biggest hit single has all of a sudden gotten airtime on the west coast of the USA….my stab in the dark is perhaps that it has somehow made its way on the soundtrack of some movie or other, but as someone who hasn’t darkened a cinema in more than six years (the last time being at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Control) I’m probably waaaay out with that guess. Any thoughts dear readers?
Anyway, Eric’s e-mail got me thinking it was time the song appeared on T(n)VV:-
mp3 : Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Rip It Up was released as a single in the UK in February 1983 and a few weeks it reached #8 in the charts. It was made available as a standard 7″ single, as part of a double-pack (plus poster) on 7″ and as a 12″ single. The sleeve, which seemingly depicts a US P-40 Warhawk fighter plane, decorated with eyes and teeth and partially submerged, tail first, in the sea, was drawn by Edwyn Collins.
Here’s the other tracks from the double pack:-
mp3 : Orange Juice – Snake Charmer
mp3 : Orange Juice – Love Sick (live)
mp3 : Orange Juice – A Sad Lament
Snake Charmer is a Malcolm Ross composition. Love Sick is a live studio recording of an old Postcard single while the 12″ version of A Sad Lament would later be included on the Texas Fever LP.
The 12″ version of Rip It Up is only marginally longer (about 10 seconds) than the 7″, with the longest version being reserved for the LP version which extends out to some 90 seconds beyond the 7″:-
mp3 : Orange Juice – Rip It Up (LP Version)
If you listen closely, especially on the LP version, you will hear the wonderful voice of Paul Quinn on backing vocals. It’s a pity that he wasn’t asked to appear with the band on Top of The Pops on either of the two occasions they appeared performing the song, although they did smuggle Jim Thirwell onto the show to play saxophone….
The other great thing about Rip It Up is the nod it gives to Boredom by Buzzcocks. Not only does Edwyn utilise some of the lyrics and proclaims it be his favourite song but there’s also a tribute to the infamous two-note guitar solo. Have a listen to see what I mean:-
mp3 : Buzzcocks – Boredom